Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Last night Meg and I had a lot of fun with Henry. We first played with his ball with him and then I sat him down to color for me (some artwork for my office). Often Meg can get him laughing. It's quite a sight. Nothing makes Meg and I as happy as hearing him squeal in delight while he plays. Here's some video I took on Sunday.

After Henry went to bed I searched some coin. It wasn't too good, except for one true gem.

2,200 quarters turned up just three Canadians and one US nickel.

1,050 dimes produced just one Canadian and one UK 5 pence. A teller did, however, save me one silver Rosie (1964D).

I searched just 480 nickels and in them I found one of my best finds yet! In one hand roll there was an odd foreign coin that was greater in diameter than the US nickels. I didn't know what it was at first, but on closer inspection I realized it was some sort of very old British coin. I did some quick research and realized I had found an 1831 Great Britain Farthing! (A farthing is one fourth of a penny.) It is from the reign of William IV. 2,688,000 copies were minted and according to an online catalog I found it is worth $10-30. Previous to this find the oldest coin I had found was from 1864. The condition of that coin is total crap compared to this one too. 178 years old! I can't believe it.

I also searched 7,000, lousy, pennies. In them was just nine Wheats, seven Canadians and two US dimes. The Wheats were:

1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1950, 1953D(2), 1958D

A teller saved me one Wheat (1953).

Found: 6 pennies (3 outside Sovereign Bank, 3 outside Bank of America)


James (UK) said...

Great find! And isn't always the case; the older coins are often in better nick that the newer ones!